deteriorate

[dih-teer-ee-uh-reyt]

verb (used with or without object), de·te·ri·o·rat·ed, de·te·ri·o·rat·ing.

to make or become worse or inferior in character, quality, value, etc.
to disintegrate or wear away.

Origin of deteriorate

1565–75; < Late Latin dēteriōrātus made worse (past participle of dēteriōrāre), equivalent to Latin dēterior worse ( from + -ter- formative in adjectives of spatial orientation (cf. exterior, interior) + -ior comparative suffix) + -ātus -ate1
Related formsde·te·ri·o·ra·tive, adjectiveun·de·te·ri·o·rat·ed, adjectiveun·de·te·ri·o·rat·ing, adjectiveun·de·te·ri·o·ra·tive, adjective

Synonyms for deteriorate

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Examples from the Web for deteriorating

Contemporary Examples of deteriorating

Historical Examples of deteriorating

  • She told herself that her three friends were deteriorating in their middle age.

  • He holds that the human race is deteriorating mentally and morally.

  • But it hasn't any of the deteriorating effect you were deprecating.

    The Convert

    Elizabeth Robins

  • But it must be said that at this time the factory was deteriorating.

    The Tapestry Book

    Helen Churchill Candee

  • The language has been moving since the first day of its formation; can it be said to be deteriorating?


British Dictionary definitions for deteriorating

deteriorate

verb

to make or become worse or lower in quality, value, character, etc; depreciate
(intr) to wear away or disintegrate
Derived Formsdeterioration, noundeteriorative, adjective

Word Origin for deteriorate

C16: from Late Latin dēteriōrāre, from Latin dēterior worse
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Word Origin and History for deteriorating

deteriorate

v.

1640s (as a past participle adjective, 1570s), from Late Latin deterioratus, past participle of deteriorare "get worse, make worse," from Latin deterior "worse, lower, inferior, meaner," contrastive of *deter "bad, lower," from PIE *de-tero-, from demonstrative stem *de- (see de). Originally transitive in English; intransitive sense is from 1758. Related: Deteriorated; deteriorating.

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deteriorating in Medicine

deteriorate

[dĭ-tîrē-ə-rāt′]

v.

To grow worse in function or condition.
To weaken or disintegrate.
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